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Village Needle Crafts Enthusiasts Attend Afternoon Tea

Beverly Gyllenhaal  | Published on 8/1/2014
It was an elegant “Show and Tell” when Village needle crafters gathered on Tuesday, July 29, at the Foggy Bottom home of Villager Jackie Durham. Jackie loves to do needlepoint, and she was wondering if any other Villagers shared her passion.

So Jackie decided to host an afternoon tea and invite others to bring projects -- past or present, completed or not. It was hard to decide which was more exciting, the table of sweets and homemade savories or the intricate pillows, handmade rugs and needlepoint doll furniture on display.

Villager Wendy Pallet brought a crewel embroidery bell pull that her mother had stitched and given to her many years ago. Lorna Grenadier showed an exquisite “almost-finished” embroidered linen tablecloth, and Alexandra Blackhurst was working on a needlepoint canvas so large that even she wasn’t sure what she was planning to do with it when it’s completed. Jean Keppler was one of several crafters with varied stitching passions. Jean uses tiny Petit Point stitches to upholster doll furniture to use in doll houses she builds herself.

Bobbie Hertzfeldt and Jacqueline Lenchek were the group’s main knitters. As for Jackie, her prolific pile of pillows -- plus an extensive library of books on needle crafts -- was informative and inspiring to us all.

The afternoon was a delight for the senses and food for thought as well. Those attending are interested in getting Villagers together for more crafty gatherings. If you love needlework or other crafts, but missed the afternoon tea, stay tuned for future events. You can also let village Director Bob McDonald know if you have a particular craft that you’re passionate about.
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